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Behind the music

Bands playing in Bud Light Rocks the 'Boat free concert series

Margaret Hair

Saturday, Feb. 16 – Devon Allman’s Honeytribe

Hometown: St. Louis

Been around since: 1999

Best known for: The last name Allman carries some weight in the classic rock world. Honeytribe sets itself apart with the occasional rocker and use of B3 organ.

Jam band or not: Yes, with a tendency toward electric blues rock-outs and a careful avoidance of extended soloing.

Listen: Check out “Torch” on http://www.myspace.com/honeytribe.

Q&A with frontman Devon Allman:

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1. Describe your sound in visual terms.

Sweet like honey, fierce like a tribe.

2. Ski or snowboard (or neither)?

I’ve snowboarded a couple of times. I’m too busy touring.

3. What was the first record you remember listening to, and do you still own it in some form?

The Beatles’ “Rubber Soul.” I’ve probably owned six copies of it and currently have it on my iPod.

4. When did you decide to do music as a career?

When I was 17 and walked out on the first day of my senior year of high school. I had completed all the required courses, and they had given me a bunch of filler classes.

5. What is your favorite kind of pie (blueberry, lemon chess, etc.)?

Cherry pie, all the way.

Saturday, March 1 – Cowboy Mouth

Hometown: New Orleans

Been around since: 1993

Best known for: Making the sounds of yesterday sound happier. Spent the late ’90s on a major label.

Jam band or not: Not at all. Extremely digestible, Southern-fried punk rock for the Hootie crowd.

Listen: Check out “This Much Fun” on http://www.myspace.com/cowboymouth.

Saturday, March 8 – Jeff Austin & Friends

Hometown: Boulder

Been around since: Released a solo record in 2003

Best known for: Austin acting as co-founder and mandolin player for Colorado bluegrass mainstay Yonder Mountain String Band.

Jam band or not: Not really, this is mostly based in balladeering bluegrass – pretty melodies, floating lyrics.

Listen: Check out “Steep Grade Sharp Curves” on http://www.myspace.com/ymsbjeffaustin.

Thursday, March 13 (7 p.m. show) – Rusted Root

Hometown: Pittsburgh

Been around since: 1990 (first CD release)

Best known for: The insanely ubiquitous “Send Me On My Way,” replete with incomprehensible lyrics and boundless joy – probably most recently featured in the animated movie “Ice Age.” Also, Rusted Root deserves credit for figuring out a way to get people to dance to polyrhythm.

Jam band or not: Aside from Phish, Rusted Root is the jam band.

Listen: Check out “Send Me On My Way” on http://www.myspace.com/officialrustedroot.

Q&A with bassist Patrick Norman:

1. Describe your sound in visual terms.

A hot, steamy carnival party on a summer night.

2. Ski or snowboard?

Hot tub.

3. What was the first record you remember listening to, and do you still own it in some form?

The Jackson 5, “ABC.” No, I don’t still own it, but maybe I’ll pick it up again.

4. When did you decide to do music as a career?

When I was 14, I saw Bruce Springsteen perform on “Saturday Night Live,” and some girl jumped onstage to kiss him.

5. What is your favorite kind of pie (blueberry, lemon chess, etc.)?

Blueberry.

Q&A with lead vocalist/guitarist Michael Glabicki:

1. Describe your sound in visual terms.

A colorful deity, loving and fierce.

2. Ski or snowboard (or neither)?

Too scared of ending my career.

Saturday, March 22 – Ky-Mani Marley

Hometown: Miami

Been around since: 1998

Best known for: His last name. And the reality TV show, “Livin’ the Life of Marley: Starring Ky-Mani,” on BETJ.

Jam band or not: Despite the reggae roots (which don’t come out much on Marley’s latest album), there’s no jamming going on here. There is, however, some serious soldiering hip-hop.

Listen: Check out “The March” on http://www.myspace.com/kymanimarley.

Sunday, April 6 (closing day) – The Radiators

Hometown: New Orleans

Been around since: 1978

Best known for: Very long live shows.

Jam band or not: Oh, totally. With solid classic-rock roots.

Listen: Check out “Devil’s Dream” on http://www.myspace.com/theradiators.

Q&A with guitarist/vocalist Dave Malone:

1. Describe your sound in visual terms.

Roots rock with a funky New Orleans flavor.

2. Ski or snowboard?

Neither – I’d rather play guitar than wear a cast.

3. What was the first record you remember listening to and do you still own it in some form?

My parents’ copy of “The Fabulous Johnny Cash.” And yes.

4. When did you decide to do music as a career?

After The Beatles appeared on “The Ed Sullivan Show” and seeing all the girls go nuts.

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